Streamers Make Positive Impact on Docs, but Filmmakers Keep Eye on Theatrical Future

Published on Dec 04, 2019

Streamers Make Positive Impact on Docs, but Filmmakers Keep Eye on Theatrical Future

It is the best of times and, arguably, the trickiest of times when it comes to the documentary industry. There’s no doubt that 2018 was a banner year for documentaries at the box office with Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s Academy Award-winning “Free Solo” garnering $29 million; Morgan Neville’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” grossing $22.8 million; and Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s “Rbg” taking in $14.4 million. This year has not proven as stellar at the B.O. but Neon’s “Apollo 11” has had a healthy run. The film grossed $12 million worldwide and was the big winner at the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, grabbing the documentary feature, editing and score prizes.

Non-fiction films have also gotten a big boost from streamers, undoubtedly raising the profiles of docs in recent years.

“The real impact of streamers is that they have brought documentaries to an audience that wouldn’t typically watch documentaries,

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Author: Addie Morfoot